Orangeville, IL – Farming in DuPage and Kendall counties had become so difficult for Kent Smith that he decided to sell the family farm. Now he s happy with his new farm in rural northwest Illinois, near the Wisconsin border.
Wheeling, IL – The Chicago suburbs continue to sprawl westward, forcing many farmers to either adapt, move, or find a new line of business. WNIJ examines the issues behind these difficult decisions by talking with farm families who found themselves surrounded by subdivisions instead of cornfields.
The Horcher family has farmed in northern Cook County for more than a century. Faced with the challenges of explosive population growth, they are finding success by offering something different to their neighbors.
Rockford, IL. – Some newly ordained Catholic priests from Northern Illinois will be saying their first mass this Sunday. They're from a group of 11 candidates who joined the priesthood last Saturday. That's the highest number of priests ever ordained in one day in the Rockford diocese. WNIJ's Simone Orendain reports. . .